When first choosing to have breast augmentation with implants, many Houston women never imagine wanting — or even needing — to have their breast implants removed down the road. Still, as many as 40,000 women do undergo breast implant removal surgery each year. The experienced, caring plastic surgeons at Houston Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery support this choice. They offer breast implant removal, also called explant surgery, to help women overcome complications and feel comfortable with their bodies.
The reasons women visit us for breast implant removal after breast augmentation vary, but often include one or more of the following:
The exact breast implant removal method used depends on the patient's specific situation. However, the scar left by the original implant procedure can usually be used again for the removal. Many times a saline implant may be removed under local anesthesia. Sometimes implant removal involves also removing the capsule of scar tissue that the body has formed around the implant. Occasionally, the procedure is carried out under general anesthesia and in combination with a procedure to reshape the breasts such as a breast lift.
In the Houston area, the cost of breast implant removal ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 and usually depends on the complexity of the procedure. Surgery that requires a capsulectomy will usually be higher on the price range. Breast implant removal surgery may be covered by medical insurance, provided it's necessary because of cancer of the breast.
Although breast implant makers guarantee their products, they do not cover the cost you'll need to pay if you require or just desire the removal of the breast implants. If you're considering removing breast implants, don't be afraid to try financing the surgery. You may be able to do this directly with the medical facility or on your own. Because the cost of the surgery is relatively low, the affordability of financing is an appealing option.
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Breast implant removal is an important decision in any woman's life. It brings drastic changes that can be positive or negative, depending on the necessity and reason for the procedure. Remember to approach the subject with all the facts you need and have a consultation with a surgeon you trust to see if you're a good candidate for the surgery. Afterward, consider the cost and recovery to decide if it's something you want to follow through with.
To get started, request a consultation using our online form to meet with one of our plastic surgeons or call (281) 282-9555 to schedule an appointment. At Houston Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, we perform breast surgery for women from Pasadena, League City, and surrounding communities. Every patient and every cosmetic surgery is different; it's important to take the time to think through your goals and set realistic expectations for your results.
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